ACC Community Connections Visits Tennis Championships


Student-athletes and coaches from ACC institutions participate in teaching session

CARY, N.C. ( – For approximately 40 Green Hope Elementary second-graders, Thursday's school day began with a bit of learning outside of the classroom.

The setting was the Stadium Court at Cary Tennis Park, a short walk from the school and the site of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.

Student-athletes and coaches from Clemson, Virginia, Pitt, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech took part in Thursday morning's program, which featured a skills drill, one-on-one instruction and group work.

“This was a very fun event,” said Pitt junior Amanda Wickman. “I know the kids really enjoyed it. For our team, we have done a few programs like this in the past, but this was definitely one of the better ones. The kids were great. We really appreciate the opportunity that the ACC provided to us to participate.”

The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its fourth full year, takes place at all of the conference's Olympic sport championships. The program aims to get local youth the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship.